SPECIAL FORCES PRIOR SERVICE APPLICANTS

PRIOR SERVICE ENLISTED

REQUIREMENTS
NOTE: Requirements can vary slightly with each state/National Guard Special Forces unit, based on current unit needs.

  • Must be male, minimum age of 20; no maximum age, based on military qualifications and individual evaluation


  • Must be a U.S. citizen (nonwaiverable)
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Must be in the pay grade of E-4 to E-6; E-7s with no more than 12 years' time in service (TIS) and nine months' time in grade (TIG) when applying and must be either Airborne or Ranger qualified


  • Must be at least one year since completing an MOS-producing course/school


  • Must have a General Technical (GT) score of 107 (nonwaiverable), preferably 110 or higher; if you do not have the required score, then you will need to take the AFCT/ASVAB to attempt to raise your line scores
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Must score an absolute minimum of 240 points on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) with no less than 70 points on any event and using the standards for age group 17 to 21


  • Must be able to meet medical fitness standards for military service, Airborne and Special Forces as outlined in Chap. 5, AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness
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Must be either Airborne qualified or willing to volunteer and qualify for Airborne training


  • Must possess or be eligible for a Secret security clearance
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Must not be barred to re-enlistment or be under suspension of favorable personnel action


  • Must not have been convicted by court-martial or have disciplinary action (Article 15/NJP) noted in your official military personnel file (OMPF) under the provisions of the Uniform Code of Military Justice


  • Must not have any drug- or alcohol-related law violations
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Must be able to swim 50 meters unassisted, wearing boots and the Army combat uniform (ACU), prior to beginning the Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC)


  • Must not have been terminated from Airborne, Ranger or Special Forces duty, unless termination was due to extreme family problems


  • No Soldier, regardless of Military Occupational Specialty, will be recruited if he is unable to reclassify from his current MOS into Career Management Field 18 series (CMF 18)
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Must have a minimum of 36 months' remaining TIS upon completion of the SFQC; if not, then must extend or re-enlist before starting SFQC

TRAINING TIMELINE

  • Basic Combat Training (BCT) - 10 weeks, if not prior service Army, Marines, Navy SPECOPS or Air Force SPECOPS/Security Force
  • Advanced Individual Training (AIT), if not Army MOS qualified (for prior service)
  • Special Forces Readiness Evaluation/Assessment Drill (SFRE/SFAD); NG SF unit “tryout”
  • Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) – Three weeks, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Airborne School (if not Airborne qualified) – Three weeks, Fort Benning, GA
  • Warrior Leader Course/Common Leadership Training (WLC/CLT) [NCOES E-4 and E-5] – Three weeks, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) - 62 to 98 weeks, Fort Bragg, NC


The entire training timeline is 18-27 months, depending upon attendance to Airborne School, WLC and SF MOS.

 

PRIOR SERVICE OFFICER

REQUIREMENTS
NOTE: Requirements can vary slightly with each state/National Guard Special Forces unit, based on current unit needs.

  • Must be male, minimum age of 20; no maximum age, based on military qualifications and individual evaluation
  • Must have completed BOLC-A (OCS/ROTC) and BOLC-B (Basic Branch training) and have been successful in your branch assignments prior to application for Special Forces
  • Must be in the rank/pay grade of 1LT/O-2 (preferably promotable) or CPT/O-3 with less than two years' time in grade (TIG) as an O-3 upon completion of SFAS
  • Must have enough time remaining as a captain to complete SF training and serve a minimum of three years in an SF unit
  • Must score an absolute minimum of 240 points on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) with no less than 70 points on any event and using the standards for age group 17 to 21
  • Must be either Airborne qualified or willing to volunteer and qualify for Airborne training
  • Must be able to swim 50 meters unassisted, while wearing boots and the Army combat uniform (ACU)
  • Must have a Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) score of 85 or higher, or a minimum 1/1 Listening and Speaking as measured by the two-skill Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
  • Must be able to meet medical fitness standards for military service, Airborne and Special Forces as outlined in Chap. 5, AR 40-501, Standards of Medical Fitness
  • Must have a Secret security clearance and be eligible for a Top Secret security clearance
  • Must not have any drug- or alcohol-related law violations
  • Must not have been terminated from Airborne, Ranger or Special Forces duty, unless termination was due to extreme family problems
  • No officer, regardless of branch, will be recruited if he is unable to reclassify from his current branch into Special Forces branch Career Management Field 18 series (CMF 18)
  • Must be either a Special Operations Captains Career Course (SOCCC) or resident Maneuver Captains Career Course (MCCC) graduate, before enrollment in the Special Forces Detachment Officer Qualification Course (SFDOQC); normally, officers will attend the Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) before resident SOCCC attendance


TRAINING TIMELINE
Current/Prior Service Officer

  • Special Forces Readiness Evaluation/Assessment Drill (SFRE/SFAD); NG SF unit “tryout”
  • Special Forces Assessment and Selection (SFAS) – Three weeks, Fort Bragg, NC
  • Airborne School (if not Airborne qualified) – Three weeks, Fort Benning, GA
  • Either resident Maneuver Captains Career Course (MCCC), 16 weeks at Fort Benning, GA, or Special Operations Captains Career Course (SOCCC), 12 weeks at Fort Bragg, NC
  • Special Forces Qualification Course (SFQC) - 62 weeks, Fort Bragg, NC


The entire training timeline takes 18-22 months, depending upon attendance to Airborne School and MCCC/SOCCC.